Josh Duhamel has praised his wife Fergie's decision to take time off from her busy schedule - because she works "like a rented mule".
The Black Eyed Peas star recently revealed she's putting off plans to relaunch her solo career, despite a five-year gap since her first solo offering, The Dutchess, in 2006.
Fergie admitted she wants to spend time with Duhamel, who she wed in 2009, but the Transformers star insists his wife needs the time off to relax.
He tells E! Online, "She's not doing it because of me. She wants a little time. They've been working her like a rented mule for eight years. She wants a little time off.
"I mean, we do want to take some time and I'm excited to have more time with her, but we always consider the other person when we're doing something and make sure we're scheduling enough time to be together. That's the only way to make it work."